Friday, June 29, 2012

What's In Tomorrow

Psalm 37:23 (NIV)  "The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord.  He delights in every detail of their lives."

All of us want to know the future.  We recognize our inability to see past today and agonize over tomorrow. Many people look to their horoscopes to be informed and others consult fortune tellers.  It is a fact that there are people who have insight that is given to them by evil spirits.  If they are getting information that is not naturally available, and it's not from God's Spirit, then it is from Satan. 

Some Christians even chase after prophets and well known ministers, seeking to get a word for their life.  I have to honestly say that I like to get a word of prophecy myself, however, if God doesn't minister or speak it to your heart and if it doesn't agree with the character of God and His Word, it should be rejected.  We should remember that man has something to gain if he is 'right'.  People will trust him and follow him.  He may even get larger offerings.  God is the only being that does not have any selfish motive behind His instructions to us.  He is motivated by love and love alone.

When my husband was called to be the pastor of our church, I didn't even consider what that meant.  I do remember thinking that no one asked me if I was okay with that plan, but since I had no reference to base my expectations upon, then I was willing to do and be whatever it would require.  What if God had let me see a mini movie of the ups and downs that we would encounter during the coming years.  What if God had allowed me to know the sacrifices, the disappointments, the heavy responsibility of keeping a church healthy, alive and thriving.  What if God had let me see the year that my youngest child was a newborn, my other two girls were ages ten and five and my husband had to take a job fifty miles away because the church couldn't pay his salary, and I had to carry the load at home and at church in his absence.  What if God had let me see the time when my closest and dearest friend betrayed us and stole from us, all the while sowing seeds of discord among the members, causing them to believe lies and leave the church, which resulted in several years of picking up the pieces and trying to rebuild again.  I have to be honest and say that if God had let me see all of it I would have run like a mad woman to the farthest corner of the earth to avoid going down that road.  Since I didn't know, then I was forced to trust God and lean on Him for strength and ability.  I found that He was there to help me and His grace was enough to empower me in each trial, making a way to overcome.  I am sure that Father knows best and He knows that we can't handle seeing our future!

God promises us that He will light our way.  Psalm 119:105 (NASB)  "Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path."  If you've ever used a lantern in the dark, then you know that it doesn't illuminate a large area, it is sufficient to see where you will take your next few steps, the rest of the path must trusted to God's hands.

He will grace us where He takes us!

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